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Author Rights in the Publication Process

A guide for faculty and researchers on author rights and the publishing process. This guide helps you navigate copyright transfer agreements. The Publisher Policies section gives tips on how to identify a predatory or vanity publisher.

Why Should I Pay Attention to a Publisher's Copyright Transfer Agreement

Your article has been accepted for publication. All you need to do is sign over your copyright to the journal publisher. Understanding the terms within a copyright transfer agreement and knowing how to negotiate those terms to serve your interests will benefit you and the scholarly community.

Has your research been accepted for publication?

Has your research been accepted for publication?
Yes: 4 votes (57.14%)
No: 3 votes (42.86%)
Total Votes: 7

Have you signed a copyright transfer agreement verbatim?

Have you signed a copyright transfer agreement verbatim?
Yes: 1 votes (50%)
No: 1 votes (50%)
Total Votes: 2

Do you know any of the rights you retained according to an agreement your signed?

Do you know any of the rights you retained according to an agreement your signed?
Yes: 1 votes (100%)
No: 0 votes (0%)
Total Votes: 1

Before signing a copyright transfer agreement, do you modify it to retain any rights that were not included in the agreement?

Before signing a copyright transfer agreement, do you modify it to retain any rights that were not included in the agreement?
Yes: 1 votes (100%)
No: 0 votes (0%)
Total Votes: 1

Did you keep a copy of the agreement you signed?

Did you keep a copy of the agreement you signed?
Yes: 0 votes (0%)
No: 1 votes (100%)
Total Votes: 1